Monday, February 27, 2012

NHL Trade Deadline Day 2012

Yestreday it all started with “TradeCentre” trending on Twitter. For those who are don’t follow the NHL closely, “TradeCentre” refers to a TSN special event that keeps people updated about every move made on and before NHL Trade Deadline Day.

The NHL trade deadline past at 3 p.m. today. It was a big day for the 2011-12 NHL season as no trades can happen for the remainder of the season. As one of the most anticipated days in regard to the NHL, many teams try to make last minute trades with hopes of coming out on top in the near Stanley Cup playoffs. However, for many teams leaving trades to the last minute may be a risky move. According to fans it was a disappointing day as there were only 16 trades made today.

The Stanley Cup
Some of the top trades for the 2011-12 trade deadline:
• Detroit sends D Mike Commodore to Tampa for a conditional 7th-round pick in 2013 
• Toronto sends D Keith Aulie to Tampa Bay for W Carter Ashton 
• Edmonton trades D Tom Gilbert to Minnesota for D Nick Schultz

Stay tuned for the Stanley Cup playoffs starting April 13th, 2012.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Roll Up the Rim to Win

Tim Hortons has been trending all day and I could not figure out why until I noticed… its that time of year again – RRRoll Up the Rim! If you haven’t guessed, today is the first day of Tim Hortons’ Roll Up the Rim to Win campaign

Roll Up the Rim began in 1986 to reward loyal guests by giving them the opportunity to win prizes with the purchase of a hot beverage. The rules are simple: buy any hot beverage (excluding extra smalls) and then roll up the rim to see if you won a prize. You can claim your prize until May 21st, 2012

The 2012 prize list includes:
• 40 Toyota Camry Hybrids
• 100 Panasonic 3D TV packages
• 1,000 Coleman camping package
• 5,000 Panasonic digital camera
• 25,000 $100 Tim Hortons giftcards
• Over 41 million of food prizes 

Being a student I don’t have a lot of money to spend on coffee, but having a chance to win a free coffee, yet alone a car is enough incentive for me to keep buying Tim Hortons. For that reason alone I think this campaign is brilliant.

A fun fact: Paul Kind a Canadian inventor appeared on Dragon’s Den to debut his “Rimroller”. A Rimroller is a mechanical device used for rolling up the rim on coffee cups. 

I am an avid coffee drinker, so I only thought it was necessary to make a trip to Tim Hortons today.

I had high hopes of winning, seeing as the odds of winning are 1 in 6. However, I did not win anything this time.

Good luck and have fun rolling up those rims! 

Monday, February 13, 2012

RIP Whitney Houston

A picture from Whitney Houston's album "I Look To You"

On Saturday I came across something that I thought I would never see; 9/10 trends on Twitter were regarding the late Whitney Houston. There were over 2.5 million tweets within an hour of Houston’s death and by 24 hours there were 35 million tweets, making it the most-tweeted event in Twitter history.

The 48 year-old pop star was found dead in her hotel room on Saturday, only a few hours before she was supposed to go to the pre-Grammy gala. There has been no official determination of death, although any information regarding the autopsy is not being released to the public. However, there were no signs of foul play Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter stated, but he declined to say anything about the hotel room’s condition. 

I want this blog post to be a reminder of the great things that Whitney Houston has accomplished over her lifetime. Not only did she inspire a generation of people, but she made unforgettable music. She will always be remembered for her voice and career, but most importantly she will remain a legend within the music community and around the world.

This is my favourite Whitney Houston music video. I can remember bouncing around my living room in the early 90's dancing to this song. 

You should also check out the tribute to Whitney Houston performed at the 54th Grammy Awards by Jennifer Hudson

Monday, February 6, 2012

Trending Today - #TopChefCanada

Top Chef Canada Season 2 Premiere

On March 12, season 2 of
Top Chef Canada
will be premiering. Top Chef Canada is a reality show that features contestants (who are all chefs) who compete against each other in culinary competitions. A panel of renowned chefs judges the contestants’ food creations, they eliminate contestants every week until there is one left standing. The winner gets $100,000 and is crowned Canada’s Top Chef.

The premiere is over a month away, but the show is trending because the names of the contestants were released this morning. There are contestants from all over Canada including Toronto, Calgary, and Ottawa. People are already tweeting and cheering for contestants from their hometown.

Although the show is a remake of the original American version, the Canadian version is doing well for ratings. The first season of “Top Chef Canada” was the top-rated show in Food Network Canada’s history.

Here is the Top Chef Canada Season 2 Teaser.

Overall I think it is important to have Canadian television shows to demonstrate Canadian culture. It is important to give talented Canadians, such as the chefs featured on the show an equal opportunity (as Americans) to make it in the culinary world.

Do you think it is important to have shows featuring Canadians? Or do you think Top Chef Canada is just a simple rip off of American culture?